MANICS SPRING BACK TO ‘LIFE’

And there's also news of another James Dean Bradfield project on the go...

Manic Street Preachers frontman JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD has turned his hand to production once more.

Fans of the band, who release their new album ‘Life Blood’ this autumn, may notice a Spectorish similarity between the band’s production circa ‘Everything Must Go’ and the debut single from London-based duo Johnny Boy.

That’s because production on ‘You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve’ is credited to Bradfield and longtime Manic Street Preachers producer Dave Eringa.

The song is getting a nationwide release via Vertigo on August 9 after proving a hit on Welsh indie label Boobytrap.

Bradfield, who married his longtime girlfriend earlier this month, has produced other bands before, most notably with less-than-successful Manchester punks Northern Uproar.

Meanwhile, the band have finished ‘Life Blood’, their seventh studio album, and it is set for release in October. Bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire told NME.COM: “It’s modern, shiny, pure pop, elegiac pop, It really is the poppiest album we’ve ever done. The mixer of Goldfrapp (Tom Elmhirst) has been working with us, and he’s really given it a lovely sheen and a modern edge. We’ve been listening to The Associates, early [/a]. It’s ‘The Holy Bible’ for 35 year olds!”